Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry

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During your visit to Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, observe as thousands of pilgrims come to praise the god Ganesa and to cleanse their spirits. Learn about the temple's turbulent history, including several attempts by the French to destroy the building, all of which were fortunately halted by fervent protests from the Hindu population. As you enter abundantly decorated halls, notice the 7.5 kg (16.5 lbs) engraved golden chariot made entirely with devotees' donations. Shops surround the temple, so you can purchase a souvenir to remind you of your visit. By using our Pondicherry online trip builder , you can arrange your visit to Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple and other attractions in Pondicherry.
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  • Awesome temple with unique art. The elephant on main door blessed all visitors. Very near to beach. Must visit  more »
  • Nice temple with a special attraction for kids in Elephant Lakshmi. Very near to Ashram and other restaurants.  more »
  • My girlfriend is a big fan of elephants and lost her breath when she thought she saw a live elephant on the way to this temple. As we got closer she didn't think it was real but amazingly they had an ...  more »
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  • Like my earlier review, no doubt of the divinity inside. And considerable improvements have been done to ensure ease of movement and at the same time good darshan to all. Would love to get a glimpse again and again.
  • Close to beach, this Ganesha temple is a religious attraction for people. Grand scale decoration suggests how important it is. The detailed depiction of gods and events are great, the roof paintings are really awesome. Inside is very spacious with small temples of many deities. Photography is not allowed but people sneak out mobiles.This place should be in must visit list for tourists.
  • Always full of people...visitors of various states of India worship this Ganesha.. over the years become a big temple..see the prosperity of the lord,premises,priests to believe the power of Ganesha..so many carvings of on the walls of Ganesha in various countries..a must visit place.
  • Old and famous temple. Maintained very well. Crowd well managed. Must visit place
  • It’s a vibrant Hindu temple .The temple of Lord Ganesha .Famous for its carvings and the structure and the paintings on the walls and on the ceiling.People gather here mostly for the aarti during the day and evening .Mostly famous for Elephant blessings where you can see a lot of gathering around to take blessings even the foreigners lined up for the same .All in all it was a spiritual experience for me at this temple .Hope to go next time real soon.
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